2018: The Year When #MeToo Shook India
2018: The Year Of #MeToo In India
What followed was a series of posts by other women who shared their experiences with the world. From actors, film directors to advertising top guns, artists and writers and politicians, women professionals called out obnoxious behaviour at the workplace. From unwanted attention in the office to sexual innuendos on the film set, there were many kinds of allegations that surfaced.
While some of these are still struggling in the industry amidst the allegations, some succeeded in getting a clean chit from authorities. Recently, rumours surfaced that Patekar has been given a clean chit. However, the 'Aashiq Banaya Aapne' actress quashed the rumours. However, director Vikas Bahl, who was one of the prime accusees, has been set free from all charges against him. The internal complaints committee of Reliance Entertainment, today, set the 'Queen' director free, who was accused by an employee of Phantom films under the #MeToo movement.
(In Pic: From top left, Nana Patekar, Aditi Mittal, Subhash Ghai, Anirban Das Blah. From bottom left, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Jatin Das, Vikas Bahl)
Nana Patekar, Tanushree Dutta
The actress also said that she was supposed to do a solo number for the film, but Patekar decided to join in and perform intimate dance steps that made her uncomfortable.
Patekar denied the allegations and sent a legal notice to the actress, who filed a police complaint against the actor and the film's choreographer Ganesh Acharya, producer Samee Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang.
Meanwhile, Rakhi Sawant who had replaced Dutta in the song for the film, then accused her of taking drugs on the set. Dutta slapped a Rs 10 crore defamation suit against Sawant.
(In Pic: On the left Nana Patekar, on the right is Tanushree Dutta)
Vinta Nanda, Alok Nath, Sandhya Mridul
Nanda had alleged that the actor had raped her 19 years ago. Nath, however, refuted the allegations and filed a civil defamation suit against Nanda. Nath's wife Ashu had also recorded her statement in court against Nanda and sought defamation against the writer-director.
Mridul, while slamming Nath for causing agony, praised Tanushree Dutta and Vinta Nanda for their courage to come forward and urged others to not be ashamed and ‘keep this fire going.’
(In Pic: From the left, Vinta Nanda, Alok Nath and Sandhya Mridul)
Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap, Kangana Ranaut
The victim who had worked on the production house's film 'Bombay Velvet' recalled her ordeal with Bahl in 2015. Soon after, Kashyap and Motwane went on record to say that they were informed about the allegations by the employee and detailed the backdoor deliberation that took place in order to punish their partner. Their statement led to Bahl filing a Rs 10 crore defamation suit against them. The 'Queen' director also demanded interim action from the court seeking to restrain Kashyap and Motwane from making statements against him to media or through social media.
While the woman had earlier refused to take any legal action saying that she stands by her claims, the former partners continued to fight it out in court.
However, today, the director was set free of the allegations against him.
(In Pic: Top left is Vikas Bahl, top right is Vikramaditya Motwane, bottom left is Anurag Kashyap, bottom right is Kangana Ranaut)
Sajid Khan, Saloni Chopra, Priyanka Bose, Mandana Karimi
On October 11, an aspiring actress, Saloni Chopra had posted a detailed account of the harrowing time she had with Khan.
A freelance journalist also claimed that Khan had exposed himself when she was interviewing him in the early 2000s. After the allegations, Khan stepped down from the upcoming comedy 'Housefull 4'. The movie, produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and being distributed by Fox Star Studios, is the latest entry in a franchise that began in 2010. Khan has directed two of the previous three films.
Priyanka Bose, who has acted in critically acclaimed films including 'Lion', 'Gulaab Gang', and 'Half Ticket' among others, opened up about the incident that allegedly took place when Khan had called her for an audition. She detailed the incident and shared that soon after when she narrated the incident to her partner, he asked him to quit right away. She has been quoted as saying, “He called me for an audition. The text from his assistant read, “Should be comfortable in a bikini.” When I landed up with the required clothing, no sides were given.”
Mandana Karimi alleged that Khan made inappropriate remarks when she visited his office to discuss a role in his 2014 film 'Humshakals'. The actress said that Khan had asked her to remove her clothes, in order for her to get the part.
(In Pic: Top left Sajid Khan, top right Saloni Chopra, bottom left Priyanka Bose, bottom right Mandana Karimi)
Luv Ranjan, Umesh Ghadge
(In Pic: On the left, Luv Ranjan and on the right Umesh Ghadge)
Varun Grover, Sham Kaushal, Piyush Mishra
An assistant director in Bollywood accused Sham Kaushal (actor Vicky Kaushal's father) of showing her a pornographic clip on his phone during an outdoor shoot in 2006. Two other film professionals also accused the action director of sexual misconduct in the past. Following the allegations, Kaushal issued an 'unconditional apology' for “unintentionally causing any hurt or anguish”. Actor, writer, poet Piyush Mishra was also accused of sexual harassment.
A former newspaper staffer had accused actor Mishra of inappropriate behaviour during a party but the writer-director said he was probably a "few drinks down" and apologised for having made the "lady uncomfortable". Mishra said in his response that he had read the allegations made about him and forwarded to him by a few journalists. "I do not remember the stated incident as I was probably a few drinks down. But nevertheless I would like to extend my apology for making the lady uncomfortable either with my words or actions".
(In Pic: From the left, Varun Grover, Sham Kaushal, Piyush Mishra)
Mukesh Chhabra, Vicky Sadana
In a statement released by the production house, Fox Star Studios, said till the time Mukesh Chhabra Casting Company concludes its inquiry into the allegations, the director would remain suspended.
Four aspiring actors had also accused Chhabra, and another casting director Vicky Sadana, of harassing them during the audition.
(In Pic: On the left Mukesh Chhabra, and on the right is Vicky Sadana)
Utsav Chakroborty, Tanmay Bhat, Gursimran Khamba
Soon after, video streaming service Hotstar announced that it was cancelling the production of the third season of 'On Air with AIB'.
(In Pic: From left, Utsav Chakroborty, Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba)
Aditi Mittal, Kaneez Surka
The comedian also explained how she was triggered to tell her story because Aditi, she felt, was being championed by many on social media for voicing her support towards the movement.
Anu Malik, Sona Mohapatra, Kailash Kher
In a series of tweets, the singer also shared how Kailash Kher had misbehaved with her while they were travelling to Dhaka for a concert. She went on to blast Kailash on the social media for calling himself ‘simple’ and ‘devoted to music’.
(In Pic: From the left, Anu Malik, Sona Mohapatra and Kailash Kher)
Vairamuthu, Chinmayi Sripaada
After endorsing allegations of sexual harassment against Vairamuthu by several users on Twitter in the wake of #MeToo movement, Chinmayi shared her own story to corroborate reports. Chinmayi added that she was asked to "cooperate".
Recalling another incident, which she said happened three or four years ago, Chinmayi alleged that Vairamuthu threatened to make false claims when she turned down his request to sing at an event.
(In Pic: On the left is Vairamuthu and on the right is Chinmayi Sripaada)
Chetan Bhagat, Ira Trivedi
She posted screenshots of emails and claimed that Bhagat had tried to malign her image. Trivedi told a television channel that after she had accused Bhagat of sexual harassment, he wrote an apology on Twitter and mentioned that it would never happen again.
She said that after she received an apology, she decided to let the matter go.
(In Pic: On the left is Chetan Bhagat, on the right is Ira Trivedi)